endogenous benzodiazepines

Charles King charles at anatomy.ucl.ac.uk
Tue Jan 30 07:13:51 EST 1996


In article 50734 at ucl.ac.uk, charles at anatomy.ucl.ac.uk (Charles King) writes:
>Since GABA is an amino acid, eating it is going to have no effect 
>whatsoever, as it'll just get used in building proteins in the
>rest of the body. what counts is what gets released into the synaptic
>cleft.
>
While GABA gets metabolised into glutamte by GABA transaminase, it's
been pointed out to me that I should have said that the real reason 
eating GABA has no effect is because it, like glutamte, doesn't cross
the blood-brain barrier.

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Charles King
charles at anat.ucl.ac.uk





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